XBox 360 to become a Sky Player portal in autumnMicrosoft and Sky partnership announced

29 May 2009

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A partnership struck between Microsoft and Sky has been announced, which will bring Sky Player content to Xbox 360 games console owners this autumn.

Sky Player is Sky's online TV service, and will soon be available to all Xbox owners, who have an existing or take out a new Sky subscription. The service will allow TV fans to watch both live, and on-demand content on their TV through a number of packages.

Sky Sports news on Xbox

The packages will be announced nearer the launch date, but they've been described as deals to cater for fans of documentaries, films, music, kids' TV, art programmes and entertainment shows. 

There will also be packages that will allow customers access to Premier League football matches and Test Match cricket through tailored Sky Sports packages.

Sky Sports news presenter Georgie Thompson announced the new service, which will also allow existing Sky customers access to interactive services for sports fans. These will allow fans to communicate with one another through broadband connections.

Pay-per-view channels will also be available when the service launches later this year.

Microsoft Xbox and Sky partnership

Stephen Nuttal, director of Sky's commercial  group, said: 'The partnership is an expansion of Sky's pledge to provide consumers with the choice of how they want to watch Sky'.

Neil Thompson, head of Xbox UK and Ireland, added: 'Consumers are looking for choice, convenience and flexibility in the way they watch TV, and this is what our partnership with Sky will bring'.

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